Genny Light | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Genny LightGenny Light

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2001

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2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of spycow
2.66/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

as the lousy cans of cheap beer go, I don't hate this one. it still looks, smells, and tastes like a beer, like it might contain the essential elements, and like it still might be brewed rather than mixed or synthesized or whatever they do to make the corn water these days. sudsy head surprises me, and the nonmetallic flavor profile suggests a level of quality a step or two above the others. real thin and watery feel, but it is a light lager after all. yeast helps it finish clean, no off putting flavors sticking around. easy enough drinking, if you can handle all the bubbles. but if its cola by day and cheap cans by night, this is your horse.

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2/5  rDev -20.9%

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2.35/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's the beer that your dad gave you when you were 10 years old. You'd think that it would scare you away from beer drinking forever. In the ensuing 22 years, I have given a lot of other beers a shot; but now I'm back to this. Although it is not as gross as I remembered, it's a far cry from the ales of Dogfish or the Lagers of Germany. It is, however, and adjunct laden, watery mess that is par for the course for it's style. Sweet aromas of cereal grains, raw barley, and metalic hops. The malt profile is timid to the taste, along side of the hop flavors and bitterness. Leaves some sulfer compounds (burned match, cooked corn) and a tart, green apple flavor on the mouth. Quite dry and bitey to the feel and lingers into the terse finish. I guess it's fine if you are fishing with your dad in 1984, but you won't find it in my cellar.

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2.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clearly labelled "Genesee Light" on my box and can label (not "Genny Light") - though I'm assuming it's the same beer. It also appears as Genesee Light on Genesee's website.

Introduced 1978. No ABV appears anywhere on the packaging. "12 fl oz average calories: 100. Carbohydrates: 4.0g. Protein: 1.0g. Fat: 0.0g."

Can is blue and white, with a simple label design. Standard pull-tab 12 fl oz format. No date codes anywhere unless the nebulous code on the bottom means something (I can't be bothered to google). Cost was $0.66 per 12 fl oz can at a beer distributor in NYC.

HEAD: Fills 80% of the glass, suggesting potential overcarbonation. White in colour. Boasts impressive frothiness and creaminess for a light lager; I'm impressed. Head retention is superb - ~10+ minutes, but that's to be expected in a 4.00% ABV brew. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Terrific.

BODY: Not so terrific. It's a weak looking pale copper, suggesting a watery brew. Clear and clean, though, with obvious filtration and no off-putting sediment or lees.

Looks typical of the style, with a lackluster body and an impressive head. I suppose it's above average for the style overall.

AROMA: Corn adjunct, pilsner malts. I hoped for more graininess, but hey, at least it isn't metallic or anything. The corn adjunct doesn't seem cloyingly sweet, but this aroma definitely suggests a brew which is too sweet for its light body. I'm apprehensive going in...

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Okay. It's got a near perfect body for how light and neutral in taste it is; that's a welcome change from the syrupy or watery budget lagers out there. Has a nice softness. Smooth, wet, and almost a bit refreshing, finishing pleasantly creamy to pleasant effect. Only a little overcarbonated.

Flavour is neutral, hitting on faint shallow notes of creaminess, weak corn adjunct, and generic pilsner malt. Very basic, not even throwing out any grassy hop flavours. But it isn't too sweet by my estimation - just insipid and reticent. I'll take that over a budget light lager riddled with metallic off-flavour any day of the weak, but I'd be kidding myself to say it's a well-executed brew. Very innocuous and inoffensive, which is more than can be said about many adjunct lagers (light or otherwise). It's balanced inasmuch as a beer this simple can be; there's not much to balance or harmonize.

OVERALL: It's basically exactly what one expects when picking up a budget light lager - inoffensive, neutral, not unrefreshing fare that would pair well with food if only because it's so insipid and drinkable. This is the kind of beer pong brew one could crush a sixer of with ease - and hey, it's only 100 kcal per can, so have at it. At $0.66 per can (the equivalent of $2.20 per 40oz), it's tolerable, but I'd definitely be more inclined to buy Trader Joe's Simpler Times or discounted Ballantine XXX when in the mood for a cheap neutral brew. In any case, along with Genesee Beer and Genesee Cream Ale, it's surprisingly good for its price and I'd happily recommend it to others interested in some nonjudgmental casual drinking.

This beer satisfies what seems to be the brewers' aims: it's a low calorie pleasant easy drinking lager. I'll enjoy polishing off the cans I picked up and I find this preferable to many adjunct lagers out there (American and European alike). It would make a terrific Summer barbecue brew or a smashable session lager to pair with atomic buffalo wings, but it's not going to impress discerning drinkers - even if does accomplish its meagre goals.


NOTE: As it comes to temperature, some unfortunate off-flavours do poke out their heads - DMS (cooked vegetable off-flavour) chief amongst them. I'm forced to drop this down to a "C / AVERAGE" as a result, but be sure to serve as cold as possible and you'll be grand.

C (2.84) / AVERAGE

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2.7/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Genny Light actually bears the words "Brewmaster's Choice" on the label. Where that came from I'm not sure. Maybe it's because it's their cheapest beer to make and the brewmaster will get a bonus at the end of the year based on its cost-effectiveness. I'm not sure, but it can't be because of the flavor.
It pours a pale straw gold body beneath a full head of bright white foam that drops shortly to a wide collar and thin surface covering that leaves some nice lacing initially. Not too many bubbles can be seen rising to the surface; and the mouthfeel backs that up. It's carbonation is fairly restrained for the style, and it's more soft and smooth in the mouth than crisp. Some corn-like, sweetish malt (DMS, perhaps?) greets you in the nose and carries over into the flavor. Bitterness is kept to a minimum, and only a hint of hop flavor is found in the finish. A dull residual maltiness and touch of bitterness linger in the mouth and throat along with a touch of soapiness. It's not particularily off-putting, but I'd like to see it a little crisper. Overall, a fairly dull flavored light beer that seems to be lacking a little bit in the "refreshing" department.

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3.1/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head exhibits poor retention and leaves little lace.

S - Slightly fruity with a hint of malt but otherwise very clean and neutral.

T - Light malt flavor with a surprising note of musty hops. Very light and clean, not much else to say.

M - Light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Keeping in mind that I am trying (as always) to judge this beer for what it is, it really isn't that bad. I was expecting something uncommonly nasty, but it is bland and inoffensive. This alone puts it above other off-flavored light beers such as Bud Light. I drank this can at well above the Rocky Mountain level of cold that it is intended to be served at and it still wasn't a chore to imbibe (just try that with most light beer). This is by no means a good beer, but it isn't actively bad, just very light, and its extremely neutral flavor is actually a pretty impressive achievement.

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1.62/5  rDev -36%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. can poured into a pint glass. I decided to review this beer simply as a point-of-reference.

A: A very pale yellow with a thin head that disappears quickly, with no lacing at all.

S: The only thing I can smell is a heavy dose of corn and a bit of alcohol (which is surprising given the low ABV%). I’ll give it the credit that most beers of this nature don’t even have much of a smell; at least in this case I can smell something.

T: Just like in the smell, all I can taste is the corn-malt an even that isn’t very strong. Also there’s almost no kick to it at all, even for the style.

M: It’s crisp because there isn’t much substance to it, but I suppose that’s what is supposed to make a Light Lager light.

D: It goes down easy, but mostly because you don’t taste much of anything and the ABV is pretty low.

I described this beer to my friend as the beer that you would want to pick if you were ever challenged to a beer-drinking contest and you were allowed to pick your own beer. The price is what would attract people to this beer (that’s what attracted me). However, there are other “cheap” beers that are much better.

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3.26/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist bottle with no freshness date, lots of words like “Premium”, “Brewmaster’s Choice” and “Cold Aged” on the label then on the back it says “Let the Party Begin”. An ok white lace stays on top long enough, perfect clarity and very pale in colour.

Very faint alcohol and carbonation prickle on the nose, very clean aroma of grain and cooked cereal grain.

Crisp and grainy with a cooked corn grit flavour, cheap 6-row malt flavour perhaps also … too light to really tell. Semi-crisp and very light bodied. Bland and watered down but that is what it is supposed to taste like. As I said with the can review, don’t waste your money on expensive light beers, this one is just fine to keep you slim … YEAH RIGHT!!!

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2.76/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Tonight is H, 28 July 2016. I am SK1 Chandler, USN (ret.). The boss is CAPT Morgan, my partner is DET Glass. These are the facts as The CANQuest (tm) imparted them to us this evening. The names & faces have been blurred to protect the innocent. This is the city. LanCANster, PA. A CANQuest (tm) check-in occurs every 30", despite the mayor's claim to the CANtrary.

From the CAN: It stood passively and given its sky blue color, we did not want to inflame the sky blue CANmunity, so we read it its CANranda Rights & proceeded acCANordingly. "You have the right to remain in your CAN, and to refuse to participate in the Crack! & Glug. Anything I drink may be drank on a tennis court. You have the right to CANsult an attorney as to why I am drinking you, but it may be too late. If you CANnot afford to recycle yourself, I will do it for you. If you decide to fight me on the Crack & Glug, you will be inverted and summarily emptied. If you decide to CANsent to an inverted Glug, you will not be able to stop the Glug until I do so. Are you now willing to undergo a Crack & Glug? Never mind, what you want is moot, ya CAN, ya!"

How interesting! The original version is called "Genesee Beer" and yet its lighter counterpart is "Genny Light", using the diminutive as we always did in the case of Genny Cream. CAN you dig it?

A finger of bone-white head with really low retention. It fell like Wile E. Coyote off of a cliff. Nose had the same sharpness that I noted in the Leaded version, this being Unleaded. Color was a straw yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was really thin and watery with a better, cleaner taste than Leaded. Maybe producing a Light version of a beer CAN be a good thing... Finish was likewise less sharp and more pleasant that Leaded. I would drink this over Leaded, but I would still like to grab a Genny Cream and see how it stands up.

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3/5  rDev +18.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +28.5%

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2.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the back of Jim's fridge.
Drank straight out of the can but the small bit I poured into a glass was the palest of yellows with a bubbly white head. Wow that is earthy metallic grainy and watery. I shall never drink this beer again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.23/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance is a light pale golden hue with a large bubbled white head leaves behind thin lacing with quickly diminishing foam. Aroma contains sweet corn and rice character with a slight metallic tone and no real hop profile. Taste has cereal grains, corn, and rice; it forms flavor with a touch of creamy sweetness and low hop bitterness making this light beer from upstate NY very unoffensive. Mouthfeel has evident carbonation with light body not as watery as some light beers out there. Drinkability is definitely a beer that can be drank in number however I don't think I would reach for this one on a regular basis.

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2.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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2.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

This is cheaper than cheap, but luckily it's just as bad/good as stuff like Bud Light/Coors Light/Busch Light, so you can save your money, and get some Genny instead.

It pours a clear, watery yellow. No head, a little bit of lacing.

Smells like corn and metal. Tastes like corn and metal, but mostly water.

It's watery, and highly carbonated.

Goes down really easily, but doesn't taste good in the process.

Yay local!

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1.91/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is of corn and malts. Taste is also of corn and malts, more flavor than most light beers. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall at $3.19 a six pack, I must say this beer exceeded my expectations.

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2/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of WesWes
3.12/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an almost clear color with a pale gold hue. It has a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average for these macro light beers. It has a very light malt scent with the appearance of adjuncts. It is a bit dry and musty smelling. The taste is not that bad. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that is watered down and surrounded by rice and corn. The mouthfeel is decent. It is an extremely low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent drinking light beer. There is nothing special about it, but it goes down easy and refreshes. Oh yeah, for those who care, it's low on carbs.

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1.5/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on June 24, 2011. It pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head. The aroma is full of corn and grain with a dim hop backdrop. The body is actually pretty good for a light lager. It is better than watered down. The taste hjas a dash of malts with a fresh hop bite at the end. An acceptable macro.

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Genny Light from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
2.53 out of 5 based on 240 ratings.
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